Actually it happened a few months ago, but then I decided to only cut patterns from the big companies, like Vogues and McCalls. I would continue to trace Colette Patterns, as they are ultra cute and precious and they have to be preserved... then the above happened! I've cut a Colette Pattern!
All tracers out there might empathise with that moment when you're raring to start a new project and pull the pattern out to trace and decide to do something else/ leave it for later, etc. I'm in there right now, I do not want to spend time tracing. Whilst there is some level of impatience going on here, I feel this does not have an impact on the fitting and sewing of the garment. I still plan on doing a muslin to check fit and take my time ensuring the project is beautifully sewn.
So I'm being very pragmatic about this!
I would trace a pattern to:
- Preserve the original in case I change size (if I change size I probably would change style)
- Preserve the original to sell or donate to someone else (not really a priority)
- Preserve the original to make for someone else (not in my plans)
- Preserve it to make millions in many years time when it's a vintage rarity (Ah! Someone else would make the millions as I will probably be dead).
However, tracing a pattern does not:
- Make me more productive in my sewing
- Ensure I achieve a perfect fit
- Ensure the fabric selection is appropriate
- Ensure it is beautifully sewn and finished.
There we go, so why do it? Makes perfect sense to me, but why do I still feel a bit guilty?